McCarthy, Scalise stop just short of calling for Sessions to be held in contempt

McCarthy, Scalise stop just short of calling for Sessions to be held in contempt
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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySteve King asks for Congressional Record correction over white supremacist quote Steve King urges supporters to pray for his committee assignments to be restored: report Congress allows Violence Against Women Act to lapse MORE (R-Calif.) and House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Texas man with politician hit list, illegally 3D printed rifle sentenced to eight years The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? MORE (R-La.) on Monday stopped short of joining House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears ‘Fox & Friends’ host asks if McCabe opening FBI probe into Trump was attempt to ‘overthrow government’ Nunes says GOP lawmakers looking through Russia transcripts, will make DOJ referrals MORE’s (R-Calif.) push to hold Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDems seize on Times bombshell to push allegations of Trump obstruction Mueller report may be 'anti-climactic,' says ex-intelligence director CNN ripped for hiring former Republican operative as political editor: 'WTF?!?!' MORE in contempt of Congress. 

Nunes said during an appearance on “Fox & Friends Weekend" on Sunday that "the only thing left to do" is hold Sessions in contempt after concluding the Department of Justice (DOJ) isn’t going to comply with his request for documents pertaining to the special counsel’s Russia investigation.

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Scalise said he believes Nunes is best equipped to decide what the next course of action should be, adding he thinks it's important leadership supports him throughout the process. 

"I think that the Department of Justice has to comply with the subpoenas Congress has issued, and I think Chairman Nunes has done a very important job of getting the facts out and nobody is above the law," he told The Hill on Monday. "The Department of Justice has to turn over the documents that Congress has requested, and there've been a lot of serious questions raised about what we've uncovered so far. So, I'm not sure what they have to hide, but they have to comply with the law just like everybody else."

McCarthy echoed Scalise's sentiments, saying he understands Nunes’s argument and feels the DOJ and FBI should hand over the classified materials. 

"There's a frustration with a lot of members on how long all this has taken and the withholding of information," he told The Hill. "I'd like to see the information come to the House."

In response to an inquiry to House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump Unscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden MORE (R-Wis.), a spokeswoman said Nunes "has not talked to the Speaker about this."